TOP 5 Major original works for band

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ROBTHEDOG, Mar 23, 2007.


    ROBTHEDOG Member

    I'm sure this will be a "generation" thng but would be interested to hear views on original works for brass band (NOT arrangements transcription..)

    My 5 for different reasons are:

    Revelation (Philip Wilby)
    Volcano (Robert Simpson)
    Spectrum (Gilbert Vinter)
    Fireworks (Elgar Howarth)
    Ragtimes and Habaneras (Han Werner Henze)

    others that maybe considered...
    Cloudcatcher Fells (McCabe)
    Contest Music (Heaton)
    Prague (Bingham)
    James Cook (Vinter)
    Harmony Music (Sparke)

  2. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    The Night To Sing (Tovey)
    Extreme Makeover (de Meij)
    Blitz (Bourgeois)
    The Gaia Symphony (Pickard)... Amazing composer, 4 amazing movements
    Harrison's Dream (Graham) for what it set out to do, fantastic!!

    ROBTHEDOG Member

    Good choices - we just contested on Blitz last year stands the test of time also.. Don't know the Pickard or de Meij.. Must listen.. thnx
  4. BrotherBone

    BrotherBone Member

    Land of the long white cloud,
    Devil and the deep blue sea,
    Windows of the World
  5. marytrom

    marytrom New Member

    Sorry cant think of five, there are so many but my all time favourites;

    Year of the Dragon, with a close second of Epic Symphony

    The hairs on the back of my neck still stand on end when I hear them.
  6. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  7. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    1. Pageantry
    2. Contest Music
    3. ...

    Ermm ... can't think of any others that come close ...

    4. ...
    5. ...
    1,342,567. Carnival
  8. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Excellent choices :tup

    Here's mine

    Cloudcatcher Fells (McCabe)
    Year of the Dragon (You know who ;) )
    Contest Music (Heaton)
    Of Men and Mountains (Gregson)
    Eden (Pickard)

    Took me a long time to decide to leave out Gaia Symphony and The Night to Sing, though, and by the end of tonight I might have decided that Vienna Nights needs to be in there. I also nearly picked John Golland's Sounds and Euphonium Concerto No. 1, Resurgam, A Moorside Suite, Dances and Arias....... I'll stop now;)
  9. David Mann

    David Mann Member

    Contest Music
    On Ratcliffe Highway
    The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
    Rhapsody in Brass
    Variations on an Enigma
  10. Tony Tuba

    Tony Tuba Member

    1. Pagannini Variations (without a shadow of a doubt!)
    2. Isaiah 40
    3. Harrison's Dream
    4. Cloudcatcher Fells
    5. The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  11. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    Pagannini Variations
    Severn Suite
  12. Anonymous_user

    Anonymous_user New Member

    1.Partita Heaton
    2 Concerto Grosso
    3 Odin (land of fire and ice)
    4 Apocolipse
    5 Music of the Spears
    6 St Magnus
    7 Montage
    8 Blitz
    9 Cambridge Variations
    10 Masquarade

    Hove Edge
  13. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    These pieces may not be right at the top of my favourites list, bit I see these as some of the most important works in the movement. In chronological order

    Labour and Love (1913) Fletcher
    A Moorside suite (1928) Holst
    Fireworks (1975) Howarth
    Blitz (1981) Bourgeois
    Music of the Spheres (2004) Sparke

    There are quite a few others that could easilly be added, Epic Symphony, Resurgum, Spectrum, Contest Music, Pagannini Variations, Year of the Dragon, Montage... I'll stop now! ;-)
  14. JR

    JR Member

    Most important or merely most liked?
    I would be difficult to pick a top 5 so I'd have to start with a favourite 10 in no particular order:

    A Moorside Suite
    A Downland Suite
    A Severn Suite
    Salute to Youth
    Year of the Dragon
    Contest Music
    St Magnus
    Extreme Makeover

    ...what? no Gregson? Eric Ball? no Labour and Love or Life Divine?

    (new thread? -perhaps we could do one of these for original works outside the top section)

  15. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    Very interesting to note that the thread is about original works for band, but it does not necessarily specify test-pieces. The tradition of competition in banding has provided us with a huge reportoire and standard instrumentation, but we must not ignore the reason why we play in brass bands. MUSIC!

    So my choices would be non-contesting pieces, not my all-time favourites, but just to fuel the discussion!

    Partita (Heaton)
    Euphonium Concerto (Horovitz)
    Apocalypse (Bourgeois)
    The Contestor (Powell)
    Tuba Concerto (Gregson)

    How's about a few non-contesting suggestions?

    Oh, by the way, I read about a Gilbert Vinter piece for augmented band and choir called 'The Trumpets'. Wouldn't it be great to ressurrect something like that? I bet it would be a lot more interesting than the latest bilge from Wilby/Graham, etc.
  16. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    I second your first and 5th choice BrotherBone
    havn't played the others
    Life Divine anyone?
  17. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

    Shouldn't Carnival just be burned? I was at the Tameside open and heard a band play it, I had to go to the pub, that piece drives me insane now lol, I liked it at first as well!!!
  18. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    "The trumpets" was included in the brass festival held at the Royal Academy of Music a few years back. It is certainly well worth reviving, and we definitely could do with a new recording.

    As for my top five, not exactly a "top" five, but five favourites, in no particular order:

    Philip Sparke: Year of the Dragon
    Philip Wilby: Dove Descending
    Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen: Seid
    John Pickard: Eden
    Elgar Howarth: Songs for BL
  19. Texus

    Texus Member

    These aren't neccessarily my favourite pieces - but ones that changed the direction of banding and therefore should be considered.......
    Labour and Love

    i would love to go into my personal top ten - but these are original works that changed and challenged many things.
  20. Alan MacRae

    Alan MacRae Member

    Purcell Variations (Downie)
    Jazz (Wilby)
    Endeavour (Sparke)
    Cloudcatcher Fells (McCabe)
    Year of the Dragon (Sparke)

    Loads of others, especially some of those from Craigsav's list... Labour and Love (Fletcher) right at the top of the list of most important milestones in Banding.

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